Are you a new mum who wants to start exercising again? Make sure you read our guide to easy exercise tips for new mums
If you are a new mum who is interested in exercising again after having a baby, it can be difficult to know when to start. In the early months of new motherhood it can be difficult to find the time to have a shower, let alone go to the gym - and who will look after the baby while you do?
If you want to start getting active again - in your own time, of course - it can seem like an overwhelming and tricky task to organise.
However, exercise can be important as it can lift your mood, get you out of the house and even help you make new friends. But what type of fitness can you do once the baby comes board? Here are some suggestions of easy exercise tips for new mums.
Make sure you read our post on exercise after giving birth and strengthening your core and pelvic floor muscles in the newborn period (remember that it's important to wait till you are physically and mentally ready!)
Exercise online: If getting out and about is an issue, then exercise from your own home instead. While fitness DVDs were all the rage ten years ago, now it's possible to work out online for free - just search YouTube or follow an online fitness guru like Joe Wicks. You can even work-out on Instagram, too with fitness gurus like Jemma from Mumma's Health Hub who films daily work-out videos.
Go for a run: Why run? It's easy, free and you don’t need to book a class or join a gym. It's convenient to do with your baby; you can even buy special running buggies. If you are a complete beginner, make sure you read our post on new things to try this year about the Couch to 5k programme, and if you want to take part in a group run, try the weekly Parkrun events over the country.
Try a Buggy fit class: Taking place in local parks everywhere, Buggy Fit - or variations of pram-based exercise - is a group exercise class with your baby in the pram. These classes are instructor-led and involve exercise with your baby in a pram, such as running or using it in static mode for stretches and relays. These classes are a great way to meet other mums as everyone will want to decamp to the local cafe after. Check out your local mum's group or look for a flier in your local park.
Baby yoga: If you tried and liked pregnancy yoga, then mum and baby yoga might be a good fit for you. Another mother and baby exercise, baby yoga is usually like a usual yoga class, however, your baby will spend some time on the mat and some time taking part. It is likely to be relaxing - depending on how often you need to check on the baby - and it's also a gentle exercise for your post-partum body.
Swimming: Being in water is a great pressure reliever if you are pregnant, and it is also gentle on your post-partum body. Most mums will take their children to swimming lessons at some point, and baby swimming classes will involve you getting in the pool with the baby too.
Find a gym with creche: Believe it or not, these do exist, and can provide you with an hour or so with which you can hit the gym or go to a class. It’s likely that your baby will need to be older than six months and be up-to-date with their jabs (and of course, it depends on how happy you are to leave them!)
Make sure you consult your doctor first if you are worried about anything related to excericise. If you liked our post on how to exercise when you have a baby read our post on stress-free weaning and hobbies for new mums